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This is the list our hospital gave us:-
Birth suite- camera, film, toiletries (soap,shampoo), nightware for after you have given birth, Glucose sweets(barley sugar),Drinks that you may particualarly like, Dad's shower wear( in case they have a shower or bath in the birthing suite), tapes/CD's, socks, pen, list of phone numbers of people to contact after the birth of the baby, reading material for early labour ( for him and her), Massage oils for massage or spa bath (lavender, clary sage and/or geranium).
Requirements for Postnatal Ward and for going home- Camera, Film, Toiletries, nightwear, dressing gown, comfortable clothes for during the day, note paper and pen, Maternity nursing pads (2 packets), Maternity nursing bras, Sanitary Pads (4 packets) "Night Out" outfit in case you and your husband might like a night out while the baby is still in the hospital (if your hospital does that), Address book for phone numbers of other mothers you may meet in hospital,clothing for both you & baby to wear home in, footwear. They suggest a dummy if you would like your baby to have one and disposable nappies as our hospital supplied cloth but we did need to have our own snappy nappy. They suggest for babies going home 2 nappies, singlet, outfit(depending on weather) and a few bunny rugs one for the baby and one to put over the baby in the car once they are strapped in if the weathers cold.
I wore the same maternity track suit home that I wore to hospital as I had a caesarean and still looked pregnant. The pants had a draw string so I just pulled them in a bit more. Dont forget the pen and paper as I found this really handy. Also lots of spare change if your hospital has the vending machines as not only you but your guests will appreciate this. If you dont have a phone in your room then a phone card would also be handy as most hospitals do not allow a mobile phone. A few plastic bags will also be handy to take home your presents in. Dont forget a few nice things for you like talc powder or hand cream as it is nice to pamper yourself.
I hope this helps if I think of anything else I will get back to you!
pack a dummie just in case
deedge VIC 35 weeks
I found t-shirts and trackies etc the most comfortable things to wear in hospital. I don't feel comfortable in nighties at the best of times - I always end up with them twisted up around my neck tongue !!! I also thought I'd feel better if I wasn't in PJ's all day - even though trackies aren't that much better - I wore my usual PJ's at night. You just feel heaps better if you have a shower every morning and get dressed. Everyone said to take front opening tops etc for breastfeeding but I find t-shirts much easier. As for everything else, the usual things - toiletries, maternity pads, breast pads, hairdryer, comfy undies (I bought a packet of cheap ones that were a couple of sizes too big which came in handy as I had an emergency c-section). I took heaps of stuff as I was admitted a week before delivery due to high blood pressure, such as crossword books, magazines etc but after the birth I didn't even look at them. Hope this helps.
First of all I would like to say Good Luck with the impending birth of your baby.
If you are going to breast feed pyjamas are a lot easier as you only have to unbutton, unless you have a nightie that unbuttons. Definitley bring a camera with you, if you want to use dummies, then bring one of them and of course toiletries. I was told to brring clothes in too in case I didn't want to wear my pjs etc...
Well, thats all I can think of. Again, good luck.
Karen, Vic, Nicholas 26/10/02
Lee,VIC, 2mth baby
When I sent my husband on a mission to buy dummies as breastfeeding had become very uncomfortable, I was told by the hospital midwives not to give it to the baby for 1-2 weeks to avoid nipple confusion and other othodontic reasons.
And keep talc away from the baby. Talc used on a baby girl has been linked to cancer and also the small particles of any powder are unhealthy for the babies developing lungs.
The best way to make sure you take everything is by following your steps today and pack everything you use in way of toiletries in your labour bag. Don't forget to take a warm outfit for baby.
Daniella, Sydney, 15 month old
Once again, thanks
Just thought I'd add a quick one....
Soft toilet paper !!!!
I took my own last time and was sooooo glad I did.
Carmel,Vic, 2 and counting...
Also if you are staying in with bubs for a couple of days take heaps of baby clothes. Its amazing how often you need/want to change them!
Mum to Maya Grace 02-03, Sienna & Mercedes 10-06